Date:Thursday December 28 2006
After Tuesday's excellent 3-1 away win at Crewe, Swansea manager Kenny Jackett says 'the best is yet to come'.
It was unfortunate to see us only draw at home to Rotherham last week after the 5-0 win the week before and it was vital that we got to winning ways this week.
Last season this busy Christmas-New Year period was our downfall, as poor form throughout the second half of the season saw us from down from 1st to the borders of the play-off places.
So far though, we've started it off well and we'll to keep this up when we visit Huddersfield this weekend.
Jackett: now believes his side is taking shape and said: 'The best is yet to come from us. There's definitely more in us and the signs are good. I feel the side is taking shape - both through us being resilient and having ability.
'There are some good partnerships forming - such as the one at the back between Dennis (Lawrence) and Kevin (Austin) - and we're playing some quality football. And I do feel we can get better.
'The games are coming thick and fast, but that's the same for all teams. The challenge now is to see if we can pick up more points in a short space of time against Huddersfield on Saturday and Brentford on Monday.
'The opportunity is there for us to put a run together and get a good points total while we can. Another win at Huddersfield would hopefully cut the gap on the top two.
We put ourselves into a very good position by going 3-0 up, and possibly could've scored more.
'Lee Trundle looked near his best. He could have had more goals and he looked very sharp.''
His opposite number Dario Gradi said his side just couldn't match the opposition. 'After three minutes we were 1-0 down again and we could have been three down inside the first 15 minutes. That shows our soft belly.
'But they showed that ability that we just couldn't match. We definitely matched them for endeavor, but couldn't quite match them for ability. The difference just showed at the end there when Luke Varney made a pigs ear of a shot. In the end it probably wouldn't have mattered, but you can't see Lee Trundle missing like that.
'I'm not complaining though because the two boys up front worked really hard and they got better as the game went on. They have both got a good understanding going, but things will not always go their way.'
After a barren spell lately, Lee Trundle got his score tally into double figures this season with a brace on Tuesday and he is now targeting more goals in the second half of the season.
He said: ''I'm definitely looking for more goals in the second half of the season than I've got so far,''
''In other seasons I've got off to a flyer - I had 17 by December last year - but then I've ended up tailing off.
''For me this season, just like the team's form, it's been a gradual thing. Collectively this year we didn't start off on fire, but now around Christmas we're starting to pick up points and pick up momentum.
''Hopefully my form will go hand in hand with that.''
Date:Thursday December 28 2006
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